Review: Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Veröffentlicht: 9. Oktober 2014 in Bücher, Reviews
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Short Description:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

 

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This book has been on my „To-Read-List“ in what seems to be forever. The whole hype around the books and then the movie just annoyed me a bit to be honest and that is why I never felt I really wanted to read it. But after – out of boredom – starting to watch the movie (I’m saying starting because I only watched about 15 minutes the first time)I had a dying need to read this book. My friend Nell borrowed me her copy so I could start right away.

The world of Tris is, though pretty different from ours, very easy to get into. There aren’t any weird or too distant-future scenarios that are hard to grasp. The concepts are pretty simple and understandable.

Tris is a fascinating character which I love because her portrait isn’t painted as a perfect, flawless human being. She has got some issues, not only with the world she is living in, but within herself. Not all her character traits are pretty (that is reality I am talking about! It makes her character ‚real‘) and I enjoy reading about her. She isn’t flawless and that is okay, because nobody is.

 

Scenes from the motion picture

 

The story unravels fast and I like the pace. Cruelty and Blood and Fear and Anger all seem to have a big role in this world Tris enters after her choice is made. But within this dangerous world she finds friendship, loyalty and even love beneath the surface.

As Tris struggles to find her true self, we (as a reader) can tag along and get a few things to think about during the course of the book. I have been pretty impressed by Divergent and cannot wait to read book 2 and 3 in this trilogy.

Recommendation: For fans of Dystopian worlds and/or fans of „growing up“ stories.

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